Thomas Henry Huxley: The Evolution of a Scientist

Thomas Henry Huxley: The Evolution of a Scientist

by Sherrie L. Lyons
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573927066

ISBN-13: 9781573927062

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Prometheus Books

English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) was the foremost advocate of Darwin's theory of evolution, which he was "prepared to go to the stake" to defend. The controversies surrounding Darwin in the Victorian age became a vehicle for Huxley to gain power in intellectual, institutional, and political arenas.

Yet in this investigation of Huxley's motivations

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English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95) was the foremost advocate of Darwin's theory of evolution, which he was "prepared to go to the stake" to defend. The controversies surrounding Darwin in the Victorian age became a vehicle for Huxley to gain power in intellectual, institutional, and political arenas.

Yet in this investigation of Huxley's motivations in science, Sherrie L. Lyons uncovers Huxley's skepticism of two basic tenets of Darwin's theory - natural selection and gradualism. His criticism of Darwinian science as being too simplistic led to a strengthening of evolutionary theory, rather than a weakening of it. A self-appointed defender of truth, Huxley developed his own research program, examining philosophy prior to Darwin in an effort to fill the holes in evolutionary theory. Lyons also looks at Huxley's conversion from saltation to gradualism, and his views on progression and the fossil record.

As Huxley's interest in developmental morphology continues to be crucial in studying problems in comparative anatomy, embryology, paleontology, and evolution, this book is essential to students of Darwin, Huxley, and the scientific enterprise.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573927062
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
339
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments7
Preface11
Introduction: Not Just Darwin's Bulldog13
1Rebel with a Cause25
2Huxley and the Concept of Type in the Nineteenth Century49
3Lyell, Saltation, and the Species Question91
4Fossils, Persistence, and the Argument from Design111
5From Saltation to Gradualism159
6Convincing Men They Are Monkeys189
7Huxley and Natural Selection231
8Evolution and Huxley's Worldview255
9Huxley's Biology and Modern Evolutionary Theory279
Bibliography313
Index333

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